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Britain’s most family friendly and flexible employers are unveiled

Published: 6 Jul 2017

The Top Employers for Working Families Award winners are unveiled

  • Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards showcase flexible and family friendly workplaces across the UK
  • This year’s winners are seeking to embed flexibility for all employees, and tackling gendered and traditional ideas about work
  • Winners reflect a range of sectors and sizes: flexibility is possible in any workplace

Sarah Jackson OBE, chief executive of Working Families, said:

“In many ways, flexible working and family friendly working have never been more part of the bloodstream of British business. We had a record-breaking number of entries this year, showcasing a wealth of exciting approaches to creating agility in the workplace.

“Congratulations to all this year’s Top Employers for Working Families award winners, singled out because they offer leading flexible workplaces that support the grain of their employees’ lives. I look forward to working with them to make work work, for people, families and the economy, so that families thrive and business prospers.”

Now in their 8th year, the annual Top Employers for Working Families [1] Special Awards have 11 categories across a range of work life policies and practices.  Four new sector-specific awards were introduced this year to enable organisations to shine out in the private, public and third sectors as well as a category for small employers.


The Direct Line Group best for embedded flexibility award

  • WINNER – Turn IT On

ICT support business Turn IT On actively recruits staff to work flexibly, innovating to support those who work in non-traditional ways. Flexible workers are valued and recognised for their efforts.

The Allen & Overy innovation award

  • WINNER – Grant Thornton UK LLP

Advisory firm Grant Thornton has pioneered a flexible approach to family leave. Their policies recognise that every family is different and individuals are best placed to choose how they tailor their pay to meet their needs.

The Carers UK and Centrica best for carers and eldercare award

  • WINNER – Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Public sector body Highlands and Islands Enterprise is working hard to improve the experiences of its carer population and offers a range of practical support to suit individual circumstances.

The Deloitte best for all stages of motherhood award

  • WINNER – Dulas

Engineering firm Dulas is bucking the trend in STEMM businesses with its extremely successful retention strategies for new mothers resulting in a 93 per cent retention rate over a ten year period.

The Cityparents best for all stages of fatherhood award

  • WINNER – Imperial College London

Imperial is enacting cultural change in a traditionally male-dominated academic institution. Initiatives aim to break down traditional assumptions around parenthood and ensure fathers can take an equal role.

The best for flexible recruitment award

  • WINNER – Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group has extended its agile approach into the hiring process. The bank has worked with candidates and managers to enhance advertising and recruitment practices, enabling flexible workers to progress.

The Cross River Partnership best flexible working initiative award

  • WINNER – Alexander Mann Solutions

Talent acquisition and talent management company Alexander Mann Solutions last year launched a global flexible working programme to increase the take-up and consistency of flexible working.

Best large private sector employer award

  • WINNER – Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group puts flexible work at the heart of its business, focusing on agile workers, parents and carers.

Best small employer award

  • WINNER – Brand Learning

The judges were impressed with Brand Learning’s thoughtful approach to enabling staff to perform. Its family friendly culture recognises the need to balance work and home life demands.

Best public sector employer award

  • WINNER – West Dunbartonshire Council

West Dunbartonshire Council’s continuing commitment to being the best was clear to the judges in the steady progress made in its family friendly provision.

Best third sector employer award

  • WINNER – Inspiring Scotland

The judges were impressed by the way Inspiring Scotland uses time to compete with private sector organisations who offer bigger salaries. Its flexible culture attracts and retains high calibre staff.

The judges also commended the following entries:

Anglia Ruskin University for its Part-Time and Flexible Working Forum which was formed in response to employee concerns about work life balance.

The Civil Service who has shown consistent leadership and innovation in flexible working and inclusion.

Sky who have worked hard to challenge myths about flexible working and 90 per cent of the organisation works on a flexible basis.

Virtual Sales Team for its excellent levels of staff retention, with employees enabled to start late or finish early for school run reasons, flex their shift patterns, work part-time and reduce or increase hours on a weekly basis.

For more information contact Liz Whitehead, Working Families’ Press Office on 020 7253 7243  or email press@workingfamilies.org.uk

Case studies of the award winners are available here 

Top Employers for Working Families Awards 2017 final